During his memorable lifetime, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the United Arab Emirates, believed in the generosity and kindness of the people of the UAE. The affection he bestowed upon his people emanated from his faith in humanity and trust in the belief that every person is inherently selfless and capable of supporting and caring for others and their community.
In preserving the legacy of our nation's late founding father, and under the guidance and auspices of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, the Government of Abu Dhabi established the Abu Dhabi Awards initiative. An Emiri decree no. 29 of 2005 was issued to create the ‘Abu Dhabi Medal’, which honours individuals who have selflessly dedicated themselves to supporting and contributing to the United Arab Emirates.
The Abu Dhabi Awards recipients are selected based on the impact of their deeds and actions, not on the number of nominations received. Since its inauguration in 2005, 92 recipients have been honoured with an Abu Dhabi Award in 10 nomination campaigns. The recipients have been recognized for their contributions across an array of fields such as education, medicine, cultural preservation, history, and other areas that serve the community.
Recipients of the Abu Dhabi Awards are individually recognized for their efforts by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. Upon recognition, each recipient receives the Abu Dhabi Medal, which is the highest civilian honor issued by an Emiree Decree.
Through this recognition, the Awards aim to preserve the values of goodness within the United Arab Emirates, and inspire others to carry goodness forward.
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To celebrate the spirit of selflessness and giving in the United Arab Emirates, where humanity and goodness are always cherished.
To recognize committed and selfless individuals who have contributed to the community of the United Arab Emirates and in return, inspire and motivate others to contribute to their community.
People of all ages and nationalities are eligible to receive an Abu Dhabi Award – take a look at the Awards website to find out more about those honored in recent years.
The Award recognizes people across the United Arab Emirates. It also recognizes citizens doing good deeds for the Emirates who live overseas.
Abu Dhabi Award recipients are chosen based on the type of deeds they have done for the Emirates, regardless of nationality. There have been a number of non-Arab winners in previous years.
The Awards are open to all individuals residing in, or doing work for the betterment of the United Arab Emirates.
It takes just one nomination to be considered for an Award. Recipients are selected on the basis of their actions not on the basis of how many nominations they have received.
The nomination process is simple! To make a nomination you can simply visit the website (www.abudhabiawards.ae).
People of all ages can nominate those who have contributed to the community of the United Arab Emirates.
Each nomination is valuable. One nomination from the general public is all it takes for a person to be considered by the judging panel.
Any deed, big or small, that benefits the community of the UAE in some way is worthy of a nomination. It’s easier than you think to make a difference in someone’s life.
Nominating is an act of goodness in itself. Nominating someone who has made a contribution to the Emirate also means that you are making your own contribution in recognizing them.